X-rays are a type of electromagnetic radiation. They have a higher energy level than visible light and are located between ultraviolet light and gamma rays in the spectrum. An x-ray machine sends x-rays through the body. While a part of the x-rays is absorbed by the tissue, the remaining x-rays are detected on the other side of the patient and create the image. X-ray is extremely helpful when looking for fractures, dislocations or calcified foreign bodies but can also be employed to assess the gas pattern of the stomach or the ventilation of the lungs.
It is international standard to work according to the “ALARA” principle: keep the radiation dose “as low as reasonably achievable”. However, please let us know if you are or think to be pregnant to assess your individual risk.
At CTMH Doctors Hospital Imaging, our X-ray services include:
- Immigration Medicals/School Medicals/Executive Medicals
- Chest X-ray/Ribs
- Joint X-ray
- Bone X-ray
- Spine X-ray (incl. flexion/extension views)
- IVP (intravenous pelvigram)
- Abdomen X-ray